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The Art and Science of Facial Massage

Lydia Sarfati April 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
woman getting facial massage

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Looking back on my career as an esthetician, spa owner and now a manufacturer, one of the most important assets that I had was the ability to administer a perfect facial massage.

Early in my career, clients always booked extra facial massages because they found that not only did the service help them completely relax, but also the benefits lasted longer and resulted in a wonderful, youthful, radiant glow. Truly therapeutic effects can only be achieved when the practitioner has complete scientific knowledge of the skeletal and neuromuscular functions.

History of massage

Massage was practiced by the Chinese 3,000 years ago to help with vitality, and 19th century massage popularity reached its peak as Pehr Henrik Ling (1776–1837) brought it to the United States. Later, Johan Georg Mezger (1838–1909) adapted French names to denote the basic massage strokes used today.

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